ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK , IKHUENBOR VIKRAM OSARUMEN – SPOKEN WORD ARTIST, LAWYER AND HUMANITARIAN

I am Ikhuenbor Vikram Osarumen also known as Vikram Da Ace Poet from Oredo Local Government, Benin City, Edo State. I am proudly Nigerian…..an only child between my parents and was trained solely by my mother( a single parent). I would describe myself as a visionary person whose life is motivated by a zest to be an answer to the questions of many both spiritually and physically all around the world. I am pretty emotional and usually ” fall asleep while awake,” that is to say, I experience a great dimension of God’s insight and foresight in my ministry as a spoken word poet. I hate travesty and so I always say ” The world is one big bakery, so stop all the bickering, because God the baker made us come into this world as different pastries.”

MY LIFE AS A CHILD 

As a child, I grew up living a lonely life. The only friend I had then was “myself”, hence I discovered inner energy. Soon I was admitted into Garrick Primary and Secondary School, Benin City, Edo State. One situation that held me down was that, I always had the poorest result in my class and as such, became the least entertained. I grew through those formative days crestfallen because, I couldn’t measure up with my peers academically.
I remember a situation which occurred in primary 5, how that my mathematics teacher pointed to the rest of the class saying ” I see you guys going far in life,” just after I failed a question. The worse case scenario was that I couldn’t speak English at all. However in ss2, I realised those coming out tops in class didn’t have ten heads. That was when I picked up Brighter Grammar and Queens Premier in ss2 and started to burn the mid night candle. So it went that for the first time in my life, I came second in class and a year after I got admitted into Benson Idahosa University in 2007 to study law.

MY LIFE AS A LAW STUDENT 

In 2007, I took a decision to brake academic records at both intra university and interuniversity competitions. I started studying beyond normal and in my 300 level, I carted away with an award of the overall best student; in 400 level I won the first National scholarship to the Nigerian Law School during the Comrade Adams Aliu Oshiomole’s Moot and Mock Trials, held in the Ambrose Ali University, Edo State, Nigeria.
That same year, I won another scholarship to the Nigerian Law School from the university of Benin, as having one of the best articles amongst a group of articles sent in for scrutiny.
In 2012, I was conferred the honour of the overall best graduating law student with a G.P.A of 4.45. At this time I had published my first book entitled “The Memory of World War 11 and the ICRC.” I had become the first president of the Niger Delta Student Union Government in my school.
In 2013, I had published a comprehensive English text entitled ” The Superior Insider: The Mystics of Grammar and Phonetics Unveiled.” In 2014, I was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Solicitor/Advocate of the supreme court of Nigeria.

HOW I BECAME A SPOKEN WORD ARTIST 

My success story as a spoken word poet all began in 2010 as I yearned to see world peace gain a domino effect in the comity of nations. I am a very emotional person and a deep thinker as well. Overtime, I developed a writing spirit, which propelled me to start spoken word poetry in a village called Ikpeshi, Akoko Edo Local Government, Edo State.
The depth of my spoken word poems snowballed out of solitary living. Hence, I have time to study, meditate, praying and hear from God. The exact words I hear are the spirit filled words I say on stage as spoken word poems. I have seen many lives transformed over the years under this ministry.
In 2014, I started a spoken word academy known as Ace Academy with the motto “Save the World.” The academy hosts the trending spoken word event call Speak Out Loud. It has been changing lives and sequel to that, other spoken word poets have come out amongst us, spreading the divine mandate as well. I took it as a ministry, but I became more serious when I heard the lord on the 30 April, 2016 at about 2:35am….” You will speak through times and seasons and through generations.”
From that day,  the anointing on my ministry as a spoken word poet has increased.
Finally, I became a spoken word poet due to an undying vision to bring answers to the questions of many. This is what I live for and if need be I hope to die for. The world must become a better place.

My most challenging moment

This was the day I defeated “self.”

Mission

To take the divine mandate to the ends of the earth.

vikram

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Eastern Europe and Nigeria and has visited over 18 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for three years in a row (2013,2014 and 2015). He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World On Wednesday the 30th of October 2013, Tony Tokunbo Fernandez organised his biggest event ever- The Black History Month Celebration at the House of Parliament. The Special Guest on the day was The Minister for Sports and Equalities MP Helen Grant and Key Community Ambassadors in The Black Community
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